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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 15, 2007 7:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Couple more beautiful acoustic sets...

Entire set is phenomenal, particularly the cool jangly Wake Up Little Susie and stunning Uncle Johns Band. Clugston board is A+

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-01.sbd.clugston.5465.sbeok.shnf


Cassidy, a giant rendition of To Lay Me Down, well jammed Bird Song

http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-05-22.aud.munder.9829.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 16, 2007 5:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

DISCLAIMER:

THIS IS NOT A POST DESIGNED TO SAY THAT ONE THING IS BETTER THAN ANOTHER. MY DESIGN IS TO POINT OUT DIFFERENCES. Of course, we all know where I lean on a personal opinion level.

A decade apart, the Dead favored their audiences with a period of acoustic sets. Both presented great songs played sweetly on wooden instruments. Both were refreshing, both are still enjoyed today.

But they were different in approach, style, context, and content.

First, at the end of 1969, the Dead were ready to move away from the Aoxomoxoa period and into the Workingman's/American Beauty "country" mode. They were already rehearsing most of the songs that would be on Workingman's. No doubt, the had acoustic guitars handy when Phil was allegedly late for the Fillmore gig on 12-19-69.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-12-19.sbd.hanno.9183.sbeok.shnf

They opened with four acoustic songs, none of which were originals or recorded for release:
Monkey & The Engineer, Little Sadie, Long Black Limousine, I've Been All Around This World.

Wonder when they rehearsed these well played numbers?

The next few nights, Phil was apparently on time, so no acoustic numbers were performed.

Then, a few nights later in Dallas, they did it again:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-12-26.sbd.murphy.1821.sbeok.shnf

The Monkey & The Engineer, Little Sadie, Long Black Limousine, I've Been All Around This World, Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet, Black Peter, Uncle John's
Band

They played the same four songs followed by a one time performance of The Master's Bouquet and two new originals--which had only been played electrically a few times.

Pretty risky, but well done (Imagine the audience--what the fuck--where's the Grateful Dead??)

Next up, a month later:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-01-31.sbd.cotsman.7045.sbefail.shnf

Again--Phil's amp blew out, so we get:

Long Black Limousine**, Seasons Of My Heart**, Saw Mill, Old, Old House, The Race Is On Black Peter > Little Sadie > All Around This World, Katie Mae, Cumberland Blues

Seven first time acoustic songs, performed on sudden notice.

Then, in the middle of the second show on 2-13-70, they play
Monkey & Engineer, Sadie, Wake Up Little Susie*> Black Peter*, Uncle John, Katie Mae*

These are on Bear's Choice, btw.

2-14, mid second show:Monkey & Engineer, Dark Hollow*, All Around This World*, Wake Up Little Susie> Black Peter, Uncle John, Katie Mae

Seems like the had a dozen or so songs worked up by this point.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-02-28.sbd.cotsman.9377.sbeok.shnf
At this family dog show, just Monkey and Sadie-Black Peter ar]e played.

Here's the rest for the purpose of seeing a patternless pattern:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-08.sbd.9195.sbeok.shnf

Monkey and The Engineer, I've Been Around This World, Me And My Uncle, Black Peter, Katie Mae > Impromptu Blues

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-20.sbd.late.hamilton.14287.sbeok.shnf

Deep Elem Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Don't Ease Me In, Black Peter, Uncle John's Band, Katie Mae

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-21.late.aud.5316.sbeok.shnf

Friend Of The Devil, Deep Elem, Don't Ease Me In > Black Peter, Wake Up Little Susie > Uncle John's Band, Katie Mae

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-04-03.sbd.cotsman.4283.sbefail.shnf

Friend Of The Devil, Deep Elem Blues, Candyman, Wake Up Little Susie-> Black Peter, Uncle John's Band, Katie Mae

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-04-09.sbd.hanno.6157.sbeok.shnf
Candyman, Friend Of The Devil, Deep Elem Blues, Black Peter, Uncle John's Band

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-04-12.sbd.kaplan.3820.sbeok.shnf

Candyman, Deep Elem Blues, Cumberland Blues, Dire Wolf, Black Peter, Uncle John's Band

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-04-24.aud.hanno.19531.sbeok.shnf
I Know You Rider, Monkey & The Engineer, Friend Of The Devil, Me & My Uncle, Candyman, Uncle John's Band

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-01.sbd.clugston.5465.sbeok.shnf
The Race Is On, Wake Up Little Susie, New Speedway Boogie, Cold Jordan, Uncle John's Band

May 02 Harpur:

Don't Ease*, I Know You Rider*, FOTD*, Dire Wolf*, BIODTL*> Black Peter*, Candyman*> Cumberland*, Deep Elem*, Cold Jordan**, Uncle John* (plus Bobby Ace's set with several more tunes).

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-07.aud.weiner-gdADT04.5439.sbefail.shnf

Don't Ease Me In, I Know You Rider, Friend Of The Devil, Me & My Uncle, Deep Elem Blues, Candyman, Cumberland Blues, New Speedway Boogie, Black Peter, Uncle John's band

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-09.sbd.cotsman.9770.sbeok.shnf

Deep Elem Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Silver Threads, Black Peter

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-14.sbd.cotsman.12439.sbeok.shnf

Don't Ease Me In, Friend Of The Devil, Deep Elem, Silver Threads, Candyman

Then the great 5-15!!

early:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-15.early-late.sbd.97.sbeok.shnf

Dont Ease Rider The Rub FOTD Long Black Limo Candyman Cumberland New Speedway Cold Jordan


and the late show

http://www.archive.org/details/gd_nrps70-05-15new.shnf

The Ballad Of Casey Jones, Silver Threads, Black Peter, Friend Of The Devil, Uncle John's Band, Candyman, She's Mine, Katie Mae, I Hear A Voice Callin

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-06-05.sbd.hanno.7589.sbefail.shnf

Dire Wolf, I Know You Rider, Silver Threads, Friend Of The Devil, Me & My Uncle, Black Peter, New Speedway Boogie

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-06-06.sbd.ashley.2172.sbeok.shnf

Don't Ease Me In, The Frozen Logger, Friend Of The Devil, Candyman, Deep Elem Blues, Cumberland Blues, Wake Up Little Susie

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-06-07.sbd.hollister.98.sbeok.shnf

Don't Ease Me In, Silver Threads, Friend Of The Devil, Candyman, Cold Jordan, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Cumberland Blues, Me & My Uncle, New Speedway Boogie

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-07-11.aud.cotsman.9379.sbefail.shnf

Set 1, Acoustic GD Set: The Monkey & The Engineer, Don't Ease Me In, I've Been All Around This World, Dark Hollow, Black Peter, El Paso, New Speedway Boogie, So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad), Rosalie McFall, A Voice From On High%*, Cold Jordan*, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot*

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-07-14.sbd.cotsman.17815.sbeok.shnf

Don't Ease Me In, Friend Of The Devil, Dire Wolf, Dark Hollow, Candyman, Black Peter, How Long Blues, Deep Elem Blues, Cumberland Blues*, New Speedway Boogie* The Frozen Logger,

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-07-30.sbd.cotsman.17077.sbeok.shnf

All acoustic show:
To Lay Me Down, Dire Wolf, Candyman, Rosalie McFall*, I Hear A Voice Callin^, Swing Low Sweet Chariot^

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-08-05.sbd.jupile.17271.sbeok.shnf


(A gem!)
Set 1: Candyman, El Paso, Rosalie McFall, Cocaine Blues, Drink Up And Go Home, I Hear A Voice Callin, Cold Jordan, Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Set 2:Deep Elem Blues, Dark Hollow, Friend Of The Devil, Mama Tried, To Lay Me Down, Dire Wolf, The Ballad Of Casey Jones


http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-08-17.aud.cotsman.12073.sbeok.shnf

Let Me In 83968, Attics Of My Life, Friend Of The Devil


http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-08-18.aud.yerys.1346.sbeok.shnf

Acoustic Set: Truckin*, Dire Wolf, Friend Of The Devil, Dark Hollow, Ripple* > Brokedown Palace*, Operator*, Rosalie McFall, New Speedway, Cold Jordan, Swing Low

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-08-19.aud.cotsman.11797.sbeok.shnf

Monkey & The Engineer, How Long Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Dark Hollow, Candyman, Ripple-> Brokedown Palace, Truckin', Cocaine Blues, Rosalie McFall, Cumberland Blues, Wake Up Little Susie, New Speedway Boogie, Cold Jordan, Swing Low Sweet Chariot

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-17.aud.remaster.sirmick.27591.sbeok.shnf

GD acoustic: Truckin' False Start, banter, Truckin', Monkey And The Engineer, Dark Hollow, Friend Of The Devil, Ripple, Brokedown Palace, Box Of Rain, Rosalie McFall, Cold Jordan > Swing Low Sweet Chariot


http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-18.sbd-aud.cotsman.17893.sbeok.shnf

D Acoustic Set: Truckin', Black Peter* (all that exists--set may have been abortd)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-19.aud-toner-weinberg.warner.25473.sbeok.flacf

GD Acoustic Set: Cold Jordan > Swing Low Sweet Chariot

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-20.aud.remaster.sirmick.27583.sbeok.shnf

Final acoustic until 1980:

Uncle John's Band, Deep Elem Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Big Railroad Blues, Dark Hollow, Ripple, To Lay Me Down, Truckin', Rosalie McFall, Cumberland Blues, New Speedway Boogie, Brokedown Palace


The Point of listing all of the above shows is to demonstrate how the "Acoustic Dead" developed organically, a few songs at a time, from four to five . . . . to 13.

The sets began as accidents, then developed into mid concert breaks, and then into concert openers. In the middle of the summer, there were two concerts that were strictly acoustic. The acoustic sets were often played only once or twice every few weeks. Over time they add more and more songs--playing a total of 47 different tunes over the year. There are many songs played only once, a few played two or three times, and some of the arrangements change over time. The new material from Workingman's and American Beauty give them much to work with--after all, they are primarily acoustic l.p.s--and are added in as they are written and worked up.

1970, then, saw the rise of the Acoustic Dead both in the studio and on stage. But 1971 would see a return to roots rock--to the tightening up of the electric unit.

Part two: the eighties acoustic stand, later on.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Jul 16, 2007 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

Yes, thanks for pulling this data together, GOP. Often when one bothers to collect a body of data and lay it all out, it reveals patterns you don't otherwise perceive (too bad it's such a tedious process much of the time). In any event, this is nice overview of what they chose to play, and perhaps why.

Maybe one important difference between 1970 and 1980 is that in 1970 they were only a very few years distant from their acoustic roots, whereas by 1980 a decade-and-a-half-long wild ride had intervened. In 1970 acoustic might have been a fall-back, but in 1980 it probably had to be a much more intentional, deliberate (and novel) choice.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 17, 2007 7:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

Thanks, GOP; the most useful and informative post in a long time (not a dig).

What a place this is...

Glad to be back.

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Poster: rockinrob Date: Jul 16, 2007 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

Wow GOP, that's quite a history lesson on the acoustic Dead. I'm sure I've never listened to most of those songs and I plan on checking them ount right away - so thanks for the links. I'm just curious though, how long did that post take you to put together? The time stamp on the posts appears to be from the west coast, if you're in California, what the hell are you doing up at 5:30ish on a Monday morning. Have a good one regardless.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 16, 2007 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

15 minutes. I'm in Georgia.

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Poster: rockinrob Date: Jul 16, 2007 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

15 minutes, that's pretty quick if you ask me. I always enjoyed living in the south, 5 yrs in Tennessee, and 5 more in Tidewater Virginia, lived about 5 minutes away from the Hampton Coluseum. I'm stuck in the suburbs of Detroit now, god do I hate winter!

Looking forward to listening to the acoustic links, just as soon as I can get some of this junk off my desk.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 16, 2007 4:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

gop ... wonderful compilation of links and history to 1970 acoustic dead; i'm still entrenched in 68/69, getting lost in its acidmaze, but will be moving '70 way probably by christmas; thanks for inspiring me to pick up the pace

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 17, 2007 5:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

"lost in its acid maze."

You may never get out of there alive!

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Jul 16, 2007 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

Hey Bill, Thanx for the heads up and all the info. I've been getting into the acoustic stuff alot latley and you just saved me a whole lot of searching time!!!
Peace, Wharf.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 16, 2007 1:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Acoustic: 1970 v. 1980

I'm amazed at how good each show is. I'd give you my favorites, but I know you will want to hear them all anyway--and you should!!!!

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Poster: wineland Date: Jul 15, 2007 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Couple more beautiful acoustic sets...

Thanks Cliff! Been jammin' all weekend to the 9.20.70 show suggested last week. Keep 'em coming.

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Poster: nagdot Date: Jul 15, 2007 7:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Couple more beautiful acoustic sets...

anyone try out this show billed phil lesh and friends yet

http://www.archive.org/details/1994-09-24.paf.sbd.zelner-vernon.14071.sbeok.flacf

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Poster: patourkid Date: Jul 16, 2007 6:30am
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I think this show has what I believe is the only acoustic throwin stones.

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Poster: wineland Date: Jul 15, 2007 7:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Couple more beautiful acoustic sets...

Yes, and it is a good one. Don't dispare that it is a late 90's show. It is fresh and full of good fun music. Good reminder of this show.

Are there other Phil & Friends accoustic shows post 95? Howz abouts Ratdog?

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Poster: nagdot Date: Jul 15, 2007 8:01pm
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actually i downloaded 9-24-94 as a grateful dead show off a defunct download site. i have a ratdog show that 2nd set openers are acoustic 3-4 songs. havent listened to it in awhile. i dont know bout phil either.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Jul 15, 2007 7:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Couple more beautiful acoustic sets...

Oh my god! Alert!! Alert!! Cliff has transcended the '77 barrier!!

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